Last night just after saying to Mr M that my inventory was out of control, I clicked to empty my trash, and couldn't understand why I crashed. When I logged back in my inventory count was almost 7000 items less than it should be. No wonder I crashed.
I realised immediately which folder had disappeared. I assumed I had somehow deleted it (or following Chic's comment below, maybe the database fairy in a bad mood snatched it). The folder that disappeared was the one containing clothing items for near enough the last year - things I have bought, group gifts, stuff I had bought to blog at some future point. The whole lot, gone. To say I felt sick is no exaggeration.
I talked to LL, though I feared the worst and sadly they confirmed that my items are lost forever.
So today I have spent my time hitting redelivery terminals when they are available, and where they aren't, writing nc's to ask for redelivery of mp purchases. I know I will never recover but a fraction of the 7000 lost items, but anything I can recover is a bonus.
I have done this post hoping it might save someone else from going through this. Whether or not it was an error on my part, or a grumpy database fairy, I will never again have folders outside the system folders. I did this as a way to organise myself, keep the good stuff away from the ancient stuff - if only I had lost the ancient stuff folder instead.
Thankfully I didn't lose my review copy blogging folder, but that has been moved now and is safely inside a system folder so it cant ever happen.
There I was saying my inventory was out of control, next minute it was far less so, and almost 7000 items lighter. As I say in the title, be careful what you wish for....
I have to say a huge thank you to Mr M, when our plans for the evening were hijacked by Inventorygate. He did everything he could to find a way to get my invo back, and was so supportive when we realised it was all gone. He really is one in a million. At the end of the day, though losing all this stuff is horrible, it is just stuff. What matters is Tomm and my friends.
I also want to say a massive thank you to the designers out there who have redelivery terminals, and even better, one for mp purchases too. But where there isn't an easy option like that, thank you a million times over to the designers who have responded positively and quickly to my nc plea and have resent my items. You are all going on my "must buy from again, and blog" list!
Not going to embarrass anyone (except myself) with credits for these pics, but my facial expressions can be found for free, here.